How I Am Recovering From One Broken Ankle and One Sprained Ankle
A trip to the orthopedic doctor the next day proved that I only had possibly broken one ankle and sprained the other ankle which was good news. The doctor felt some of the other fractures had either been there for awhile or were too slight to count. However, he did not want me using the wheelchair my husband had gotten earlier in the day. He said it is not a good idea to spend a lot of time in a wheelchair because it can start causing you all kinds of medical issues such as pneumonia.
I have to admit, a wheelchair can be kind of fun for a little while, and it sure helps get me around. It just takes some practice to maneuver around! You have to be careful not to get your arm and hand caught in tight places when you are turning the wheels yourself. I sometimes find my arm being caught between the wheels and walls or furniture. Wouldn't want to cause yourself more injuries. Also, sometimes, my cast will slide off the footrest since my current wheelchair doesn't have any type of strap on the footrest so duck tape comes to the rescue. By placing some duck tape on the bottom of my cast, it seems to keep my cast from slipping off the footrest so much.
You need to keep moving as much as possible instead of being so sedentary. The doctor wanted to fit me with crutches and then mentioned physical therapy with them since I had voiced some concern of possibly injuring myself further trying to use crutches. Obviously, I'm not the most coordinated person from the injuries I just endured so we settled on a walker even though I'm not elderly. I feel a walker is the safe bet for me, hopefully. Better safe than sorry, right? I now have a below the knee cast on one leg, thank goodness, it is below the knee, and an air splint on the other leg.